Thiruchembur Thirumurugan Temple at Chembur

by, September 11, 2013

About Temple:

Sri Subramania Samaj, founded in 1945, is the oldest religious and charitable institution in Mumbai,  dedicate to the promotion of Spiritual, Educational, Cultural and Community welfare activities.

Two community halls in the ground and first floors respectively and guest rooms, administrative offices in the second floor were designed as part of the plan with separate access. The design was so conceived that the foundation and the structure of the temple are totally independent of the community halls.

There three stair cases – one Main and the others are on the sides. One can reach the temple through the main staircase by climbing 108 steps winding through the foundation pillar for Lord Muruga. The other staircases lead to the community halls as well as to the temple. Two lifts are provided for the convenience of the senior citizens and infirm.

As one winds through the main staircase, one can witness murals installed on the walls, depicting the heroic deeds of Lord Muruga as described in Kanda Puranam (Skaandam).

Shanmukhapriya , The Samaj settled a separate trust, “Shanmukhapriya Charity Trust” with a view to fulfill social, educational and community welfare objectives of the Samaj. This Samaj provides educational services, Ambulance services, Conducting some Indian traditional dance classes and also Spiritual Classes. Samaj also arrange free Health Check-up camp.

Temple has also separate trust for Old Age Home “Prem Kutir”.


Sri Subramania Samaj was established in 1945, by a group of Muruga devotees in Matunga, Bombay, popularly known as “Mini Madras”. That was the time when most South Indian activities were confined to Matunga, while Chembur and other suburbs were yet to develop. The Samaj, with a BIG portrait of Lord Muruga, conducted all important festivals like Skanda Sashti, Thaipoosam, Panguni Utthiram, etc. as per the tradition. As part of the celebrations, the Samaj brought the best artistes of the times – the best Nadaswara group, Harikatha maestros, Classical Singers and satisfied the yearning of the South Indian community for tasting and enjoying their heritage even while living in distant Mumbai. In fact, the Samaj was the early pioneer in this regard.

As enshrined in the Agama Sastras, a Balalayam, was constructed as a prerequisite to start the construction of the main temple. The Kumbhabhishekam of the Balalayam was performed in the presence of Thiru Muruga Kripananda Variyar Swamigal on 5th February 1973.

Traditionally, Lord Muruga reigns over the hills and hence, the plan incorporated the design by which the temple will be built at a height of about 50 feet above the ground. To conform to the Agama Sastras, which stipulates that the foundation should touch the earth (Bhoosparisam), the architects planned 5 independent concrete pillars filled with earth for each of the deities. The shrines for Lord Muruga and the other Deities have been constructed on the 3rd floor and the bases of the shrines are in contact with the sand filled-in the vertical concrete pillars.

At the entrance to the temple are two giant pillars made of granite, of 45 feet height which enhance the beauty of the temple and add to its majesty. On top of these pillars, the Rajagopuram is situated. The sculptures on the Rajagopuram (the main entrance tower) and the Vimanam (the vertical structure above the Sanctum Sanctorum) have been designed on the pattern of Chola, Pandya and Pallava architecture.
The sculpted idol of Lord Muruga is 4.5’ in height. The stone for this idol had been selected from a place called Mayilam in Tamil Nadu, another sacred place. Similarly, the idols for other deities were made. The Sanctum sanctorums have been built of dark blue granite specially brought from Walajabad in Tamil Nadu. More than 50 artisans worked on the project and took seven years for completion involving the use of 800 tons of granite. Yet another feature in the design is the installation of Dwajasthambam” (Flag Staff) in front of the Lord Muruga, the presiding deity. Lord Muruga, with His Consorts, Valli and Devasena, seated on the peacock, in marriage costumes and decoration bestows His grace on devotees.

Temple Location:

Address: Thiruchembur Thirumurugan Temple,
Temple Complex, Chheda Nagar, Chembur-400089

Telephone: +91 (22) 2525 0303/2525 4106

Official Wesite Address:


Special Days in Temple:

The Samaj settled a separate trust, “Shanmukhapriya Charity Trust” with a view to fulfill social, educational and community welfare objectives of the Samaj.

Fine Arts: The Trust  conducts classes on Carnatic Music and Indian Classical Dances, including Vocal, Violin, Mridangam and Bharata Natyam. Experienced teachers in Music and Dance conduct these classes. Music concerts by eminent artists as well as up-and-coming artists are arranged at the temple complex at regular intervals.

Spiritual Classes: Classes for the study Vedas, the Gita, the Ramayanam and the Narayaneeyam are also being conducted regularly. Learned scholars from the respective fields conduct these classes.

Educational Scholarships: Every year, the Trust distributes scholarships towards fees and other expenses to deserving students from various schools and colleges in the vicinity. To encourage the study of Sanskrit and Gita, Prizes are awarded to meritorious students.

Ambulance Service: The trust maintains a Day & Night Ambulance Service for the benefit of the general public. It also organizes annual medical check-up camps for senior citizens and others.